Waste can be a byproduct of industrial processes - or an item can become waste after it's been consumed.
Waste - be it plastic, micro-plastic, radioactive, or otherwise toxic - can cause major environmental problems. DW presents an automatic compilation of content around the topic of waste.
For two years, every weekend a group of volunteers converges on Versova beach, on the north shore of Mumbai, to collect the rubbish - by hand! The team has already collected over 7000 tonnes of waste - and it all started with one man. A lawyer who looked out of his window and was so appalled by the amount of plastic he saw, he felt he had to take action himself.
It's toxic for the environment and also a huge waste of energy. According to recent studies, the oil industry of Nigeria alone flares off 8 billion cubic metres of gas each year.The gas is a by-product of oil production and could be used as energy. But so far, oil companies have avoided making the necessary investments to do that.
Auto manufacturers are offering cash incentives for drivers to scrap diesels and buy new cars that pollute less. That sounds like it should be good for the environment, but what about all the natural resources that went into making the diesels?